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SIBA 2019 – Day Two

September 24, 2019

My sister, Karen, and I had to get up bright and early for our second day at SIBA because we had tickets to the “A Tasty Bite of Harper Collins” breakfast.  This meal featured Steven Wright, Kevin Wilson, Katy Simpson Smith, and Cassandra King Conroy.

  • I have to admit I would have never picked THE COYOTES OF CARTHAGE (Ecco; April 14, 2020) up if I hadn’t heard Wright speak and now I’m anxious to read it.  It’s the story of a young woman sent to a small southern town to try to convince the citizens to turn their land over to a mining company and it sounds compelling to me.
  • Wilson said he became fascinated with spontaneous combustion after reading about it in a childhood friend’s encyclopedia.  His latest book, NOTHING TO SEE HERE (Ecco; October 29, 2019), is about a woman who takes care of her friend’s children – there’s a catch, though – the children light on fire when they become agitated.
  • THE EVERLASTING (Harper; March 24, 2020) by Katy Simpson Smith is a historical fiction novel set in Rome through the centuries.  She told us about some of her research and the book sounds very interesting.
  • Conroy said writing TELL ME A STORY (William Morrow; October 29, 2019), about her life with her late husband, Pat Conroy, was both joyful and painful to write.  I’m a fan of her writing and feel sure I’ll enjoy this memoir.

The show floor opened after breakfast, so we headed over there and picked up some great looking books.  A few that stand out to me are:

  • THE GREAT PRETENDER (Grand Central; November 5, 2019) by Susannah Cahalan is the nonfiction story of of a psychologist and seven other people he talked into being admitted to asylums.  They had to prove they were sane to be released.
  • UNFOLLOW (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; October 8, 2019) by Megan Phelps-Roper came highly recommended by the Macmillan rep.  It’s a memoir about being a member of, and leaving, Westboro Baptist Church.
  • I’ve been hearing about SUCH A FUN AGE ( Putnam; January 7, 2020) ever since Book Expo and was thrilled to get a copy.  It’s the story of a young black babysitter who’s accused of kidnapping her charge because she’s white.
  • WINK (Dial; March 31, 2020) by Rob Harrell is based on Harrell’s life.  It’s the story of a middle school boy who loses an eye to cancer.

We were ready for a break from the show floor and, luckily, it was time for Books L(a)unch From Flatiron.  Amy Einhorn emceed this fabulous lunch that included authors Jeanine Cummins, Jennifer Rosner, Margarita Montimore, and Jenny Lee.

  • There wasn’t a dry eye in the place when Cummins told about her research for her immigrant story, AMERICAN DIRT (Flatiron; January 21, 2020).  This sounds like a powerful and relevant book.
  • Rosner’s THE YELLOW BIRD SINGS (Flatiron; March 3, 2020) sounds heartbreaking.  It’s the story of a mother and her musically talented daughter.  When they’re forced to hide from the Nazis, the mother must find a way to keep her daughter quiet.
  • In OONA OUT OF ORDER (Flatiron; February 25, 2020), Oona travels through time – backwards and forwards and experiences her life out of order.  Montimore said she got the idea for the book because she’s always been fascinated with time travel.  This book really piqued Karen’s interest.
  • ANNA K (Flatiron, March 3, 2020) is about a young girl who seems to excel at everything she tries.  When she meets, and falls for, a Count she has to decide what she’s willing to give up to be with him.  This sounds like a timely story too.  Lee has written for television and has published humorous essays – this is her first YA novel.  She had everyone in tears when she told of her sister’s death at the hands of her boyfriend.

Karen and I spent a little more time on the showroom floor before calling it a day since we had to get up early the next day as well.

SIBA 2019 – Day OneSIBA 2019 – Day Three


14 Comments leave one →
  1. September 24, 2019 5:24 am

    Looks like you got some fabulous books!

  2. September 24, 2019 8:18 am

    I laugh every time I see a description for Nothing to See Here. Tell Me a Story is on my list. What a great book event!

  3. September 24, 2019 8:57 am

    It seems like a very pleasant day for you and your sister. Such a nice collection too of books.

  4. September 24, 2019 11:39 am

    So many tempting books. I am curious about Oona Out of Order…and Tell Me a Story. Enjoy!

  5. Helen Murdoch permalink
    September 24, 2019 1:03 pm

    This event sounds like so much fun: author talks, discovering new books, etc. How fun that you got to spend time with your sister as well!

  6. September 24, 2019 2:19 pm

    All sound interesting, I’ll be looking for your reviews.

  7. September 24, 2019 4:04 pm

    Wow. You came away with a lot of fabulous books. I look forward to seeing what you think of them.

  8. September 24, 2019 5:57 pm

    So many of these new books appeal to me! I think you will have a lot of great new reading ahead, Kathy!

  9. Diane permalink
    September 24, 2019 8:12 pm

    Several of those sound excellent. I like the cover of Nothing to See Here — LOL

  10. September 25, 2019 1:26 am

    Great sounding books 😀

  11. September 25, 2019 8:43 am

    Wow, so many great-looking books! You are guilty of contributing to my growing TBR now- I just added half a dozen of these to my own list. Hope I can get my hands on some at the library.

  12. Literary Feline permalink
    September 28, 2019 9:37 pm

    Such wonderful sounding books, Kathy! And what a fun day that must have been! I am glad you and your sister enjoyed yourselves.

  13. October 2, 2019 3:59 pm

    So many books! I’s particularly interested in the one that has spontaneous combustion!

  14. bookingmama permalink
    October 28, 2019 8:11 pm

    I am totally overwhelmed just reading this post. All of these books sound amazing. I was especially interested in THE GREAT PRETENDER and THE EVERLASTING.

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